Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

Valencia come into the match after having secured a second consecutive La Liga win, as they beat Real Sociedad 3-2 at the Anoeta. Valencia dropped the lead twice in the game after goals from Rodrigo and Nacho Vidal were cancelled out by goals from Aritz Elustondo and Mikel Oyarzabal. However, Simone Zaza pounced with an 85th minute winner to end the home team’s resistance. Athletic Bilbao’s poor form continued with a 3-3 draw against Malaga during the weekend. Despite being down to 10 men, Malaga were able to cancel out goals from Aduriz and Inaki Williams (2). A brace from Diego Rolan and an effort from Paul Baysse were crucial in the game. In the midweek Europa League action, Athletic Bilbao lost 1-0 at home against Zorya.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

The strong run of the form coming into the game places Valencia as overwhelming favourites to get a victory. Five out of the recent six matches between these two teams has seen the home team come out successful. There is a far greater possibility of the trend continuing, as Athletic Bilbao have been on a rotten form in the recent few weeks. Athletic Bilbao have lost three out of the last four matches in all competitions. I see excellent value in backing a victory for Valencia. Simone Zaza scored in the recent meeting with Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla last season. He has been in excellent form over the last few weeks after managing to score four goals in the last two games. I would back Simone Zaza to score anytime.

Valencia win – 5/6

Simone Zaza to score anytime – 6/4

Valencia saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Valencia

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Valencia Form Guide

Valencia Team Logo

Valencia

Won

4

Draw

3

Lost

3
W A

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

08-04-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

21-04-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

29-04-2018

Primera Division

Eibar Team Logo Eibar

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

05-05-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

09-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Al Nassr FC Team Logo Al Nassr FC

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
D H

31-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

23-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

05-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

23-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Santutxu FC Team Logo Santutxu FC

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

Valencia Preview

Valencia are on a great run of form, as the club have been able to take advantage of forwards like Simone Zaza being on a good run of form. Valencia are now one of the three teams – Atletico Madrid and Barcelona being the others – left in the La Liga 2017-18 season yet to suffer a defeat. The only worry for manager Marcelino maybe the lack of too many wins, as the team has managed only three wins in the first six matches. Simone Zaza is the leading scorer at Valencia with five league goals.

Valencia Team News

Ruben Vezo (toe) and Javier Jimenez (cruciate ligament) are players unavailable for Valencia.

Athletic Bilbao Preview

The good start to the season with a strong defensive record has quickly been forgotten, as Athletic Bilbao are now winless in the last five matches in all competitions. The club have been sliding down the table and are into the bottom half following this poor run of form. Last season, home matches were a huge factor in helping the club make it to the Europa league places. This time around, the team has struggled even at the San Mames after managing just two wins in the last five competitive matches. More worryingly, these two victories were against Girona and Panathinaikos.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Iker Muniain (knee), Oscar De Marcos (ankle), Mikel Rico (ankle), and Iker Undabarrene (cruciate ligament) are the players unavailable for Athletic Bilbao coming into the game.

Valencia Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Athletic Bilbao Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Sidelined Players

Valencia
29 Javier Jimenez Injured
16 Geoffrey Kondogbia Suspended
Athletic Bilbao
10 Iker Muniain Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK Neto 189 78
21 LB Martin Montoya 175 74
24 CD Ezequiel Garay 189 77
5 CD Gabriel Paulista 185 72
14 RB Jose Gaya 172 64
7 LM Goncalo Guedes 179 72
10 CM Daniel Parejo 181 75
18 CM Carlos Soler 183 72
11 RM Andreas Pereira 177 66
19 CF Rodrigo 182 72
9 CF Simone Zaza 186 83
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 189 84
15 LB Inigo Lekue 179 70
24 RB Mikel Balenziaga 177 74
30 CD Unai Nunez 186 -
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 189 85
8 CDM Ander Iturraspe 187 74
21 CDM Mikel Vesga 191 86
14 CM Markel Susaeta 179 68
6 CM Mikel San Jose 186 77
28 CM Inigo Cordoba 180 74
11 CF Inaki Williams 186 77